Things to Do in Fort Worth
- Things to Know Before You Go
- Fort Worth is a friendly, laid-back destination that is ideal for families.
- A free visitor trolley, Molly the Trolley, takes visitors around to the three main downtown districts.
- Traffic can be busy throughout the DFW area, particularly during rush hour.
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth(The Modern) houses a collection of over 3,000 items dated from 1945 to the present and includes paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos and prints. It is one of the largest exhibitions of postwar art in the central United States, and while all major, international artistic movements are represented in the museum, there is an emphasis on pop and minimalist art, as well as German art of the 1970s and 1980s.
Educational programs, exhibits and curations vary throughout the year, while lectures, tours, workshops and classes are offered in honor of modern art. There are also films and performances. Designed by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth was named one of the “world’s most beautiful art museums” by Travel + Leisure magazine.
Home to some of the world's most unique modern art depicting Christianity, the Christian Arts Museum of Forth Worth has both excellent permanent and visiting collections. The pillar of its permanent collection is a life-size depiction of Da Vinci's famous paintingThe Last Supper, created in wax by sculptor Katherine Stubergh. The wax display has been in Fort Worth since the 1960s, though it was restored before being placed in the museum. Similarly to those in wax museums around the world, the figures are noted for their lifelike appearance. There is also a superb collection of paintings and handmade bronze crosses.
The exterior of the museum is grounded by two columns and an arched entryway that leads to its foyer and galleries. During the holiday season, the museum features rotating exhibits such as the Ark of the Covenant and nativity scenes from around the world.
Take a step back in time to 19th-century Texas at Fort Worth’s Log Cabin Village. Explore authentic log homes, a blacksmith shop, a one-room schoolhouse, a smokehouse, and a water-powered gristmill from the mid-1800s. Along the way, meet costumed interpreters that help bring history to life.
Home to the largest collection of Civil War artifacts west of the Mississippi, the Texas Civil War Museum boasts everything from weapons used on the battlefield to Victorian-era dresses. The museum displays artifacts from both the Union and Confederate sides of the conflict and highlights the role Texas played in the Civil War.